To replace my very old boots (5 buckle Dolomite sintesi 8.5; 26.5, 303mm; says 110 flex - but very stiff skiing) which have a growing crack in the shell:
I've tried on ~5 options to fit my low arch/LV foot (Technica Mach 1 LV; Lange RX 130 LV; K2 130 spyne; Nordica GPX130, Salomon Xpro130). The one which seems to fit me, at room temperature, without hard points or other issues, is the Lange (also 26.5, 305 mm). I am 165#, 5'7"; shoe size 9-1/2; ski boot size 27.5 (I wear one shell size smaller than this for fit).
A couple points to ask about the Lange:
1. It isn't quite as incredibly vice-like tight as my current boot, and just a smidgeon longer too. But pretty damn tight and no hard points unlike the other options tried on. Does this boot pack out much?
2. It seems to flex a bit more at room temperature than my boot or the other comparables I tried on; salesperson noted this boot is polyether instead of polyurethane and it stiffens up a lot at skiing temperatures. Is this so? How much more stiff?
3. Any issues with this boot that I should be aware of?
4. Anything other brands/models worth trying?